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First day of spring is Saturday

For those of you who haven’t done so well on your New Year’s resolutions, you’re in luck. Start anew today, the first day of spring.

The magic happens precisely at 1:32 p.m. with the vernal equinox. That’s when the sun crosses directly over the equator, and day and night everywhere are of equal length, Webster’s tells us.

This celestial phenomenon happens twice a year.

On Sept. 22, we’ll experience the autumnal equinox, otherwise known as the beginning of fall.

Equinoxes have been the stuff of myth, legend and importance throughout time.

For example, Easter is observed on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox.

As for myths, it is said that an egg can be balanced on its point during the vernal equinox. That, however, can be done any day of the year — if you have enough patience.

Manatee will welcome spring with what is forecast to be a heavenly day. The National Weather Service is calling for a high of 74 degrees and sunny skies today.

Sunday offers a 30 percent chance of showers, however, yet mainly after 2 p.m. Otherwise, it will be mostly cloudy with a high near 75 degrees.

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